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East Surrey College wins Third Annual Gold at the National BTEC Awards

The BTEC Awards is an annual competition celebrating the outstanding achievements of BTEC learners, tutors, teachers, schools and colleges around the world. Ahead of the 11th Annual Awards, tutors put forward the names of students who they think have shown outstanding commitment to their course, support for their peers or dedication to their career goals. For the second year in a row, the Awards took place virtually, with a globally live-streamed ceremony on Wednesday 7 July. The event was co-hosted by presenter of the United View, YouTube influencer and BTEC alumnus and ambassador, Flex and sports presenter and events host, Gemma Care.

A key highlight for East Surrey College in Redhill was winning the top Gold Award for BTEC Public Services Learner of the Year for the third year in a row, reflecting the very high quality of teaching and learning in this area. Staff members in the Public Services department are incredibly proud of the students recognised at such a high level for a third consecutive time at this prestigious national event.

The College, which specialises in vocational learning, were also delighted to bring home the Adult BTEC Learner of the Year Award, one Silver and four Bronze Awards; all of which are huge achievements on the national stage.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

James Smith*, BTEC Award for Public Services Learner of the Year 2021 and Adult BTEC Learner of the Year 2021 award

Alexandra Parker, BTEC IT and Computing Learner of the Year

Freya Davis, BTEC Public Services Learner of the Year
Georgie Dawes, BTEC Sport Learner of the Year
Holly Agate, BTEC Sport Learner of the Year
Livia Rosales, BTEC Business and Enterprise Learner of the Year

Jayne Dickinson, Chief Executive (Orbital South Colleges) and Principal (East Surrey College) commented:

“I am extremely proud of our students’ achievements in this very challenging year. Our staff have gone above and beyond in their commitment to teaching and this has had a huge impact on the determination of our students to reach their full potential. These students represent our hard-working and committed student body and the Awards could not have gone to more deserving candidates. In particular, it is fantastic to see recognition for our Public Services department for the third year in a row and I am delighted with this continued success.”

The College’s Gold Winner, James, previously studied at Royal Alexandra & Albert School in Reigate and was described by his tutor as “a role model to all of us” combining his determination at College with voluntary work as a Special Constable. He’ll be continuing his training with a fast track course to become a qualified Police Constable!

The College’s Student Union Vice President Alex was delighted to win Silver, after choosing a Level 3 BTEC in Computing to explore her passion for software development. She joined ESC from Congleton High School in Cheshire and regularly goes the extra mile to support others, in her role as Vice President and through her freelance design business.

The second Public Services winner and former The Warwick School pupil Freya was proud to add her Bronze Certificate to the Silver she won last year. She is passionate about becoming a Paramedic and is already on track to her career goal by volunteering with a private Ambulance Service. As well as this voluntary role, she works part-time in a healthcare setting and has a prolific modelling career, which involves various fundraising projects.

Second-time Bronze Winner and former Cheam High School pupil Georgie progressed from Life Skills – SEND at the College and works part-time as a coach for a Premier League football club. Alongside running fitness sessions for his classmates, Georgie has also taken part in a range of activities with the College and externally has featured in poster campaigns for charity Kidney Care UK. He has recently completed his Sport Level 2 qualification at the College and will be progressing to Level 3 in September.

Holly, Bronze BTEC Sport Learner of the Year, aspires to become a PE Teacher and has enhanced her learning by coaching sports sessions for local schools, which has contributed to her FA Level 1 Coaching Badge. She has won several trophies at her local Football Club and will be progressing to the University of Brighton to study Physical Education BA (Hons) with QTS.

The College’s Bronze Business and Enterprise Learner, Livia, was a pupil at Woodcote School in Coulsdon, and stepped up to the role of Student Representative at East Surrey College, acting as a voice for her peers. She has learnt how to manage her dyslexia and overcome the challenges surrounding it, demonstrating a proactive attitude to her work.

Congratulations to all the students for their fantastic achievements, reflecting the level of education at the College and enthusiasm of the students. For anyone wishing to study a Full-time course, the College are still accepting applications across their wide range of subject areas that start in September. Visit to explore the courses and complete an online application.

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